05:06 pm ABU DHABI: Etihad Airways has announced its suspending operations through Iranian airspace over the Strait of Hormuz and the Gulf of Oman. In a statement, the national airline of the UAE said, "Following the decision yesterday of the US Federal Aviation Administration to restrict US airline operations in Iranian-controlled airspace, Etihad Airways consulted closely with the UAE General Civil Aviation Authority and other UAE airlines to evaluate the US action." "Etihad Airways has subsequently suspended operations through Iranian airspace over the Straits of Hormuz and the Gulf of Oman, and will use alternative flight paths on a number of routes to and from Abu Dhabi until further notice," it added. The airline said that these changes will cause delays on some departures from Abu Dhabi, "due to increased congestion in available airspace, and will increase journey times on some routes." The safety of our passengers and staff is the highest priority for Etihad Airways assured, adding that it is "continually engaging with regulatory authorities and conducting our own risk assessments to ensure that our standards are not compromised." Updates on affected flights will be provided on the Etihad Airways website, the statement concluded.
05:06 pm BISHKEK: In a stern message directed at Pakistan at the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) summit in Kyrgyzstan's capital Bishkek on Friday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that countries sponsoring, aiding and supporting terrorism must be held accountable. India stands for a terrorism-free society, he said. Underscoring the aim of the SCO to strengthen cooperation in the fight against terrorism, PM Modi called for a global conference to combat it, reports NDTV. Countries will have to come out of their narrow purview to unite against terrorism to fight it, PM Modi said in the presence of his Pakistani counterpart Imran Khan, NDTV reported. "During my visit to Sri Lanka last Sunday, I visited the St Anthony's church, where I witnessed the ugly face of terrorism which claims the lives of innocents anywhere," he said. PM Modi arrived in the Kyrgyz capital on Thursday for the two-day SCO summit. The SCO is a China-led 8-member economic and security bloc to which India and Pakistan were admitted in 2017, reports NDTV.
11:06 am Fulfilling one of the promises to the people, the Union Cabinet, chaired by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi has approved the Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill, 2019 by replacing the Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Second Ordinance, 2019. Impact: The Bill would ensure gender equality and gender justice to Muslim women. The Bill would also help in protecting the rights of married Muslim women and prevent divorce by the practice of ‘talaq-e-biddat’ by their husbands. The Bill will be introduced in the forthcoming session of the Parliament. Implications: The Bill propose to declare the practice of triple talaq as void and illegal. It also makes an offence punishable with imprisonment up to three years and fine. It also provides for payment of subsistence allowance to married Muslim women and dependent children. The Bill also proposes to make the offence cognizable, if information relating to the commission of an offence is given to an officer in charge of a police station by the married Muslim woman upon whom talaq is pronounced or by any person related to her by blood or marriage. The offence is made compoundable with the permission of the Magistrate at the instance of the married Muslim woman upon whom talaq is pronounced. The Bill further provides for hearing the married Muslim woman upon whom talaq is pronounced before the accused is released on bail by the Magistrate. The Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill, 2019 is on similar lines of the Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Second Ordinance, 2019.
11:06 am PORBANDAR: Cyclone Vayu will not hit Gujarat as it has changed its trajectory overnight and moved further into the sea, the weather department has said. However, the western coast continues to be on high alert as strong winds and rough seas are expected for the next 24 to 48 hours, reports NDTV. Over three lakh people were evacuated from coastal Gujarat and the Union Territory of Diu on Wednesday. As many as 52 teams of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) have been deployed for rescue and relief operations. Prime Minister Narendra Modi also tweeted to say that the centre was constantly monitoring the situation, NDTV reported.
01:06 pm JORHAT/ASSAM: The wreckage of an aircraft An-32 of the Indian Air Force which went missing on 03 Jun 2019 after getting airborne from Air Force Station, Jorhat Assam, was spotted 16 Kms North of Lipo, North East of Tato at an approximate elevation of 12000 ft by the IAF Mi-17 Helicopter undertaking search in the expanded search zone. Efforts are now continuing to establish the status of occupants and establish survivors. Further details will be communicated as the recovery actions progress.
12:06 pm MUMBAI: A low-pressure area formed over the southeast Arabian Sea (AS) and adjoining Lakshadweep and east-central AS in the morning and became well-marked low-pressure area over the same region in the evening of 9th June 2019. Under favourable environmental conditions, it intensified into a depression over the same region in the morning of 10th June 2019 near latitude 11.7°N and longitude 71.0°E. Moving north- northwestwards, it intensified into a deep depression at 1130 hrs IST and lay centered near latitude 12.5°N and longitude 70.9°E over east central and adjoining southeast AS & Lakshadweep area, about 250 km northwest of Aminidivi (Lakshadweep), 760 km south-southwest of Mumbai (Maharashtra) and 930 km south-southeast of Veraval (Gujarat). It is very likely to intensify further into a Cyclonic Storm during the next 24 hours and into a Severe Cyclonic Storm in subsequent 24 hours. It is likely to move north-northwestwards during the next 72 hours. It is very likely to cause an adverse impact in terms of wind & rainfall over Saurashtra & Kutch mainly on 13th & 14th June 2019.
12:06 pm KOCHI: Following confirmation of a suspect case of Nipah Virus Disease by National Institute of Virology (NIV) Pune, an urgent meeting was convened by the Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare, Dr. Harsh Vardhan at his residence today. Dr. Harsh Vardhan spoke to the Health Minister of Kerala, K. K. Shailaja, and discussed the current situation and assured all support from the Centre. He had also spoken to her yesterday. The following actions have been taken: A Central Team with six officers have been deployed and have reached for epidemiological investigation protocol, contact tracing for early detection of suspects, testing protocols for suspects and review of isolation facilities A Control room established and NCDC Strategic Health Operations Center (SHOC) activated. The phone number of the control room is number 011-23978046. A team from National Institute of Virology, Pune (ICMR) with Monoclonal Antibodies is being sent to Ernakulam. A team from NIV for conducting/testing bats for Nipah virus is being dispatched today. The Union Health has spoken to DG Forest to extend all cooperation in this regard. The State has already initiated the following actions: Contact tracing and surveillance Standard capacity building for health functionaries, ambulance fleet drivers and others Infection control activities in hospitals. Dedicated trained teams to handle cases Rapid Response Teams at institutions A help desk at Medical College Ernakulam established. Dedicated trained doctors, nurses, paramedics at hospitals. Vigil activated in all districts. Awareness generation.